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The only real bench run yet is the K20 on compute and it gets beat by everything AMD, starting with the 5870. I see a helluvalot of waste coming from the titan. All those billions of added on transistors for compute power and it gets outclassed by three year old AMD cards.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1358382/bsn-nvidia-tesla-k20-beats-a-dual-gpu-configuration-in-password-cracking/0_40#post_19242060


I wouldn't put too much weight on the rumors that it is the Juggernaut just yet.
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Yea, I know how you feel. I'm not a fan of the look either however the internal water channel design for the vrms is awesome. The Komodo leads in restriction but has best core temp, whereas the Heatkiller is somewhere in between. The csq is gives up a slight bit in ultimate core temp but pays you back for vrm cooling performance and higher flow. For one to two gpu, any block will do, but moving up to quad you want the best flow over the core and vrms.

I will be going with just one GPU, it's been tricky enough trying to convince the old lady to let me buy all of this watercooling stuff. I decided to scratch the SLI and go for a single AMD card and watercooling, since newer cards will be out sometime very late this year. I'll probably go for SLI at that point, so I'll be looking at new waterblocks anyway.

The heatkiller waterblock (and backplate) look pretty damn sexy to me, so I think I might go with that. I've heard that the VRMs on these suckers get hot, so I'm hoping the heatkiller is alright in that department.
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I concur with the reference card, and this is coming from someone with a lightning. Luckily I caught mine on sale for $380, otherwise it would've been a big waste of money. Mine only hits 1290 on 1.35 volts so you're still playing the silicon lottery. I always bought reference in the past, and will be sure to do so again in the future.

Thanks for the second opinion, looks like I'm going to pull the trigger on the reference Diamond in the next few days!
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I am also holding for a 7970. I am seeing what amd will do with the Titan thing nvidia is supposed to bring later this month. I sure hope it will put more pressure on AMD.

In an other hand, they give you 2 games with their 79XX cards which is a good 80$ you can get in ''rebate'' if you can sell the codes.

I wouldn`t count on a 1300MHz O/C. 1200MHz might be conservative but that is likely what you will get.

Oh yeah, I'm not counting on 1300 mhz. I'll be quite happy with 1200. I'm also looking forward to both games, so I'll probably just keep the codes and save the money I probably would have spent on them anyway. Can't beat these Never Settle bundles.
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The heatkiller waterblock (and backplate) look pretty damn sexy to me, so I think I might go with that. I've heard that the VRMs on these suckers get hot, so I'm hoping the heatkiller is alright in that department.


The heatkiller vrm water channel is on the small side. It's like more of an after thought.


Compare teeny tiny vrm channel to ek's wide channel and full board length channel.

http://www.abload.de/image.php?img=heatkiller7970-insidepvuhb.jpg

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http://www.abload.de/image.php?img=img_536304jrw.jpg
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Oh yeah, wow. That is tiny. But that CSQ design is not my thing, I'd be angry at myself looking at those circles all the time. Half the reason I'm watercooling is because it looks bad ass.
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Just wanted to update and day thanks for the recommendation on the diamond 7970. I have it rock solid at 1200/1575 at 1.2v on the stock cooler. Core runs 65-70c and vrms around 55-62c no matter what I do to it; stress tests, benchmarks, and a bit of gaming.

Stock cooler is a little loud at 50-60%, just waiting a couple more days for my water block before I attempt higher ocs. Overall, I'm really impressed with the card and can't wait to see if I can squeeze out a little more under water.
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So between The MSI OC and thre Diamond, its a general consensus that the Diamond is better? And this is for watercooling of course.
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Get the Diamond. It a proper true reference. Look at my 3930 rig, three diamonds in there. That MSI OC uses the alternate pcb, it has lower quality caps but it since it uses the alternate pcb, it will fit a fullcover block. You just have to make sure you don't get an old ek block which are *NOT* compatible with the alternate pcb cards.
Next gen is almost a year away to xmas like the last two releases. It is a refresh so it will not be blowing anything away lol.

What about Visiontek 7970? Is it a proper reference?
Diamond was out of stock on Newegg and my local Micro center. The only left is MSI 7970 OC.
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